Rock Climbing Helmet
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Helmets are built to protect the climber from falling rock, ice, or from impact during a fall. Rock climbing helmets should comply with standards and be approved and documented by a certification of compliance. See more at these links.
Certification Standards for Climbing Helmets
Look for certification of compliance with one of these standards:
- Union Internationale des Associations d' Alpinisme (UIAA)
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
- Community European (CE)
Materials Used in Making Climbing Helmets
The outer shell of rock climbing helmets are commonly made from these types of materials: Polycarbonate shell, hard plastic, polyethylene, polycarbonate or fiberglass. The inner shell is made for fitting comfort and distributing impact force. The inner shell is usually a foam liner or harness system.
- Plastic. climbing helmets are lightweight and strong and make good choices for caving, rock climbing and rappelling. This type of helmet is lighter than the fiberglass or polycarbonate composite helmets.
- Fiberglass and polycarbonate composite. Climbing helmets absorb the shock energy by breaking. The outer shell of the composite helmet absorbs the energy. Plastic and nylon helmets transfer the shock to the inner cradle harness. This type of helmet has a useful life about twice as long as the plastic helmet. Helmets made from fiberglass or polycarbonate are good choices for ice climbing.
Features of Climbing Helmets
Adjustability: Helmets for climbing should fit tight but not uncomfortably tight. There should be no gap between the head and inner suspension. The padding should press firmly and uniformly in pressure all the way around the head. The chin strap should be adjustable and circumference harness system.
Ventilation: The holes for ventilation on climbing helmets are small to limit rocks and dirt from getting inside. Many helmets provide option for plugging top side vents during cold weather. Some vent on the side using small holes or side ports.
Weight: The weight of a climbing helmet varies from about 10 oz / 280 grams, to 17 oz / 480 grams. Choose your helmet based on the importance of weight, considering the tradeoffs.
Recommended use: Many indoor climbers don't wear helmets--most gyms / climbing walls do not require their use. However, when climbing outdoors on rock or ice, rappelling, or cave climbing, it's pretty important to wear one. Protective head gear used in other sports, or construction hard hats should not be substituted. Climbing helmets are designed to excel in different climbing environments: Rock, big wall, face, mountaineering, ice, and cave climbing are different environments. Choose a helmet with the features required the particular sport. Each manufacturer provides a recommend use.
Warranty: This varies by manufacturer and varies widely. Check the warranty for each climbing helmet individually.
Care of your rock climbing helmet. Do not sit or step on it. When you finish climbing, wipe it down with a moist cloth inside and out. Store it in a cool, dark, and dry location with other climbing gear. Dry it by hanging it on a clothesline. Check it out before climbing, look for signs of wear or damage.
Black Diamond Quarter Dome Helmet White One Size
The Black Diamond Quarter Dome helmet offers versatile protection for all your climbing adventures - from the local crag to a full-on alpine expedition. This lightweight and durable workhorse uses molded EPS and a hard plastic shell to shield you from impact. Side vents and an internal headband drive...
Camp USA Armour Helmet
FEATURES of the Camp USA Armour Helmet Hybrid construction New rotating size adjustment wheel Comfort chin strap Headlamp compatible UIAA 106 / EN 12492 certified SPECIFICATIONS of the Camp USA Armour Helmet Weight: 12.5 oz / 355 g Length: 21.3-23.6" / 54-60 cm Construction: Injection Shell Material:...
Petzl Picchu Children's Climbing & Cycling Helmet
The PICCHU helmet is designed for children who want to rock climb or cycle. It is very light and comfortable and constructed for durability. For night use, the PICCHU has a mount on the back of the helmet specially designed for attaching the SiGNAL red signalization light (included). Three pages of stickers,...
Black Diamond Half Dome Climbing Helmet
Climbing helmet: Type: Adults Equipment: Size adjustment: with turn switch with headlight mounting: yes Security: Test certificate: UIAA Additional Information: Weight S/M = 310 g Weight M/L = 340 g the toughest helmet is made by Black Diamond Adjustment system allows an excellent fine tune of the fit...
Mammut Skywalker 2 Climbing Helmet
Mammut paid equal attention to comfort and safety when designing the Skywalker 2 Climbing Helmet. A single-handed adjustment lets you loosen or tighten the fit around your noggin to handle your beanie in the winter.
Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet - Kids
Young mountaineers need to learn early on that safety is key. Set junior up with the Mammut Kids' El Cap Climbing Helmet and rest easy knowing that your young alpinist's most valuable climbing asset is protected.
Half Dome Climbing Helmet
The Half Dome Climbing Helmet has been redesigned from the ground up. With an improved fit and weight savings of more than 40 grams over the original, the Half Dome is an all-purpose workhorse ideal for everything from trad cragging to alpine expeditions. Also featuring a new custom-designed wheel adjuster...
Petzl Elia Women's Climbing Helmet (2014)
The ELIA helmet was designed and developed to respond specifically to the needs of women. The innovative OMEGA headband system (Petzl patent) allows the helmet to be put on and removed easily and offers maximum comfort. In addition to this exclusive feature, the helmet has a new headband and webbing...
Petzl Elios Club Climbing Helmet
Very versatile and durable, the ELIOS helmet is suitable for climbing, mountaineering, caving, via ferrata, canyoning... It offers effective impact protection with its ABS shell and polystyrene foam liner. Fully adjustable and adapts to all head shapes: The sliding ventilation shutters allow the user...
Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet
Named for the looming vertical master, the Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet boasts a tech-savvy design that its namesake would deem worthy. Protect your head and focus on your vertical progress.
Mammut Rock Rider Climbing Helmet
It's hard to have a good head at a chossy crag without a hard helmet protecting your brain box from falling rocks, but it's also annoying to climb with a bulky helmet weighing your head down. Mammut offers a solution with its lightweight Rock Rider Climbing Helmet. The EPS core with Micro Shell...
Shield II Climbing Helmet
The Edelrid Shield II is perfect protection for long and demanding climbs. Lightweight and robust, In-Mold helmet with innovative closure system and excellent ventilation.
Black Diamond Vector climbing helmet brown
Climbing helmet: Type: Adults Equipment: with headlight mounting: yes Security: Test certificate: UIAA Additional Information: Shell made from polycarbonate with moulded EPS foam large vents for maximum airflow ratcheting adjustment system for easy and accurate alignment moulded headlamp clips provide...
Petzl Meteor III + Climbing Helmet
The new and improved Meteor III is an ultralight and ventilated climbing helmet, perfect for adventure racing or technical climbing. CE & UIAA certified. Foam suspension. Polycarbonate shell.
Vertex Vent Climbing Helmet
With its strong chinstrap, the VERTEX VENT helmet sets the standard in head protection for workers at height. It has ventilation holes with sliding shutters to allow the ventilation to be adjusted as needed. Its six-point textile suspension ensures maximum comfort, and its CenterFit adjustment system...
Sirocco Climbing Helmet
With a maximum weight of 165 g, the PETZL's SIROCCO climbing helmet becomes the new standard in terms of lightness. The monobloc construction minimizes helmet weight while retaining excellent impact resistance, due to the mechanical properties of expanded polypropylene (EPP). The textile adjustment...
Black Diamond Vapor climbing helmet white
Climbing helmet: Type: Adults Equipment: with headlight mounting: yes Additional Information: Shell made from polycarbonate with moulded EPS foam
Petzl Meteor Climbing Helmet
Lightness and comfort have made the METEOR helmet a signature product for climbing and mountaineering. This model has the advantage of large openings for excellent ventilation. Its innovative adjustment system allows each climber to adjust his/her helmet to head shape. The METEOR also comes with a new...